The search for Tatum Morell came to a tragic end as rescue personnel recovered her body from below Whitetail couloir

The body of the missing 23-year-old hiker, Tatum Morell, was recovered on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Morell went missing on July 1, and was not found sooner due to her body being mostly buried under rocks.

Rescuers reported that they believe Tatum Morell suffered from fatal injuries after being caught in a rock slide. A recovery was not made possible on the day her body was found due to inclement weather. Her body was recovered the following day, and transported to the Red Lodge Airport where Morell’s family was waiting.

According to KULR8,

Update, Aug. 22:

Rescue personnel retrieved and transported the body of Tatum Morell from the Beartooth Mountains Sunday.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue reports hikers came across climbers on Saturday, August 21, 2021, below the Whitetail couloir.

It is believed Tatum was climbing Whitetail Peak when she was caught in a significant rock slide and suffered fatal injuries.

Rescue crews searched the area Tatum was located, but Red Lodge Fire Rescue says she was extremely difficult to find due to the fact that she was mostly buried under rocks.

“After almost two months of extensive search efforts, we are relieved that she is able to be returned to her family,” said Assistant Chief Jon Trapp with Red Lodge Fire Rescue. “The effort volunteers put into finding Tatum surpassed anything I’ve seen inmy 17 years with Search and Rescue operations; it was absolutely incredible.”

Two Bear Air and the Yellowstone County Sheriff helicopter worked together with Red Lodge Fire Rescue and the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office to recover her body from the rugged mountains.

According to the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, her body was transported to the Red Lodge Airport where family, emergency responders and citizens gathered to show support.

Recovery teams were met by her family and Red Lodge Fire Rescue personnel at the Red Lodge Airport.

“We could not be more grateful and thankful to all of the personnel and agencies that worked together in this effort to hopefully bring some peace and closure to the Morell family, and could not have carried out this effort without all of their assistance,” the Carbon County Sheriff’ Office said.

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